The centrally located cemetery at Circular Road in Freetown is not only becoming another ‘forest’
but is fast becoming another ‘Bomeh dumping site’ where residents around Mountain Cut deposit rubbish.
When I paid a visit to that cemetery yesterday afternoon to see the rehabilitation of the fence, I was greeted by three separate dumping sites around the collapsed fence of that cemetery with a very aggressive odor which nearly drove me mad.
As if that was not enough, I decided to tour the length and breadth of the cemetery and to my greatest surprise every area I visited was colonized by high elephant grass which has covered the graves.
Towards the Mountain Cut one could hardly differentiate between the cemetery and residential houses with garage adjacent to the cemetery. I attempted to talk to one of the occupants on their legal status to erect a house there but he declined.
However I managed to talk to one Abass Sesay who identified himself as a Freetown City Council worker assigned to that cemetery. He said working in a centrally located cemetery like Circular road was not easy as they give their best to upkeep it but people around persistently deposit rubbish around the fence when they had left for their homes in the evening hours.
On the issue regarding the forested cemetery , he said its not a business as usual for the Freetown City Council to abandon the cemetery as they clean up the cemetery at their own pace when they deem it necessary at the most appropriate time He said the incidence of thieves robbing the dead of all the expensive ornaments including jewelries after burial had reduced as thieves no longer hibernate there.He said he could not tell whether the cemetery was encroached upon or not as he is not the council engineer or surveyor to determine cemetery land but noted that with the rehabilitation of the cemetery fence all that will stop.